Wednesday Dec 31, 2014

2014: A Year in Review for Oracle E-Business Suite

Happy New Year.  2014 was another big year for the Oracle E-Business Suite. 

Did you miss any of the most-important articles of the year?

Upgrading to EBS 12.2

Updates to EBS 12.2

Updates to EBS 12.1


Important Technology Stack Updates


Maintaining and Extending EBS

Support Policies

Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

Introducing Megha Mathpal, Guest Author

Our partners and independent software vendors know that customizing and extending the E-Business Suite can take specialized skills and knowledge.  We're lucky to have many of the world's experts building more functionality to support this area in our Applications Technology Group. 

I'm pleased to welcome Megha Mathpal to our blogging team.  Megha's addition to our panel of guest authors will help deepen and broaden the coverage for integration-related capabilities from the Applications Technology Group.

Megha holds a Masters in Computer Applications degree and has seven years of experience in the IT industry.  She has previously worked with Accenture as a Senior Developer and SDET on various MS technologies. She joined Oracle in 2011 and has been responsible for quality assurance for our Integrated SOA Gateway product area.  

Megha holds technical certifications for ASDA, MCPDEA, and IBM Websphere.  She is also an avid nature lover and adores the sunset, cool breeze, mountains, and sea.

Friday Jul 19, 2013

Introducing Anne Carlson, Guest Author

I'm pleased to welcome Anne Carlson to this blog's panel of guest authors.  Anne has previously contributed articles on best practices for planning EBS 12 upgrades and an overview webcast of that material, too.

Anne is a Senior Director for Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy at Oracle, with a focus on product launch and adoption. Anne frequently writes and speaks about upgrade and implementation planning, sharing best practices and lessons learned from customers.

Previously, Anne led product management and information development for the Applications Technology Group at Oracle, responsible for communicating how the E-Business Suite leverages Oracle’s systems technologies.

Anne received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Thursday Mar 07, 2013

Four Weeks Travelling Internationally with Just an iPad mini

iPad miniI recently spent four weeks travelling internationally for business with just an iPad mini.  I left my laptop and regular iPad at home.  Misha Vaughn, an architect in our User Experience group, became curious and interviewed me about my impressions.  This is a bit of a departure from our regular coverage on this blog, but I'm pleased to let you know that she's published a few excerpts from that conversation on her site:

Misha's blog, VoX ("Voice of User Experience for Applications"), is really interesting reading, by the way.  It's worth adding to your newsfeeds.

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Thursday Feb 14, 2013

Introducing Lauren Cohn, Guest Author

I'm pleased to welcome Lauren Cohn to our panel of guest bloggers. Lauren assumes all of the blogging and curriculum responsibilities formerly-managed by Bill Sawyer.

Lauren Cohn is the Senior Curriculum Resource assigned to the E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG). In addition to developing and managing the ATG curriculum efforts, Lauren represents ATG to Oracle University and manages the ATG Live Webcasts.

Lauren started her career at Oracle in 1997. Within Oracle, she has been a Technical Writer, a Developer, an Oracle University Instructor, an Oracle Consultant, and an Oracle Support Analyst.  In between the times she has left Oracle and returned, she has been a Controller for Education and Training, and been part of a training development organization in the UK.  She has taught throughout Europe, the UK and Mexico.
Prior to 1997, she was a Radiology Quality Control Coordinator as well as served in the United States Navy.

"Your life's work should be an art form. Examine every aspect of it. Delve into related areas as a painter, sculptor, musician or playwright would each other's craft. Only then, can you be considered an Artist and achieve Permanence."

When not working, she is passionate about anything with two wheels as well as photography and working with her metal mill and lathe.

Friday Nov 11, 2011

Introducing Elke Phelps, Guest Author

I'm very pleased to welcome Elke Phelps as a new contributor to this blog.  Elke needs little introduction to most long-time readers, as she's been a pillar of the E-Business Suite sysadmin community for years.  What's special about this announcement is that Elke is joining this blog's panel of guest authors as a member of my Product Management team in the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group.  I am thrilled to have her as part of my team and look forward to her contributions to this blog.

Here's a short bio:

Elke is a Product Manager in the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group.  She joined Oracle in 2011 after having been an Oracle customer and Oracle Technologist (Oracle Database Administrator, Oracle Applications DBA, Technical Architect and Technical Manager of an Oracle Applications DBA Team) since 1993.

Elke is the lead author of the Oracle Applications DBA Field Guide (Apress 2006) and Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide (Coqui Tech and Press 2010).  Elke is also the founder of the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) E-Business Suite Applications Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) and served as President of the SIG from February 2005 - August 2011.  Elke has been a speaker at Oracle OpenWorld and Collaborate since 2004.  Prior to joining Oracle, Elke was designated an Oracle ACE (2007) and Oracle ACE Director (2009).  

Elke has a Computer Science Degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.  In her spare time, Elke enjoys traveling especially to Europe, Puerto Rico and the amazing US National Parks.  Elke also enjoys hiking, antiquing, gardening and cooking. 

Sunday May 08, 2011

We're Back!

[May 10, 2011 update: Added details about RSS feed changes]

Thank you very much for all of your emails expressing support for this blog. Its absence has been felt acutely in a wide range of areas, and I'm very eager to get back to our regular publishing schedule.  There's a lot of exciting news to share with you.

You might notice a few changes.  We switched blogging platforms from Movable Type to Roller.  Unfortunately, we lost a few things along the way.  Here are some tips on making the most of this blog following our migration:

  1. Categories have disappeared

    Some readers will remember that we used to assign multiple categories to articles.  Roller only permits single categories to be assigned to an article.  Our hierarchical categories and their index pages didn't survive the migration. 

    Check the Certifications summary in the sidebar menu for an index to all of our published articles about certifications.  

  2. Master index has disappeared

    There's no way of generating a list of all published articles.  To browse all published articles, click "Next page" to page through all of our archives.

  3. Different search engine

    Roller uses a different search engine than its predecessor.  If you're having trouble finding an article using Roller's internal search engine, you may have success with alternate search engines.  

    Tip: most search engines can return hits for a specific site.  Add ""  to your list of search terms to narrow down your search to this blog.

  4. Tags return only a subset of published articles

    We've published almost 800 articles to date.  Clicking on a tag will return only a small subset of those articles, which may lead you to conclude that the information you're looking for doesn't exist.  Check the Certifications summary or use the search function if you're looking for something specific.
  5. IMPORTANT:  Our RSS feed URL has changed!

    If you use a newsreader to follow this blog and have subscribed to this feed URL:

    That hasn't changed.  That feed will continue to work.

    You can also subscribe to any of the RSS feeds directly in the sidebar; those will work, too.  These feed URLs differ from the previous ones, though, so you should check your newsreader subscriptions for accuracy.

Despite all of the changes, we're glad to be back online again.  Thanks for your patience and support during our migration.

Steven Chan

Wednesday Jan 12, 2011

Introducing Sreelatha Doma, Guest Author

I'm very pleased to welcome Sreelatha Doma to this blog's panel of guest authors.  Sreelatha Doma is a Principal Engineer - Database Administration in the Oracle Applications Technology Integration team, with a current focus on database technology.  She has been with Oracle since October 2005.  She was an EBS technology stack certification engineer for four years, and was involved in various technology product certifications for databases, RAC, browsers, Forms and middleware products.

Prior to joining Oracle, she worked as a database administrator and Senior Technical Officer in Electronics and Communications India Limited (ECIL) and the Department of Atomic Energy.  She started her career as a software developer.

Sreelatha has been in in the IT industry for over 13 years, and holds a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering.

Friday Sep 10, 2010

Introducing Robert Farrington, Guest Author

We produce a lot of documentation for the E-Business Suite.  I've remarked in the past that I'm convinced that the challenge for EBS system administrators isn't that the documentation is insufficient but rather that important information is spread out across multiple documents.  This drives people to create cookbooks that summarize information and procedures from multiple documents.

With that in mind, I am pleased to welcome Robert Farrington to this blog's ever-growing panel of guest authors.  Robert is part of our Applications Technology Group documentation team, and I am sure that all of us will collectively benefit from his contributions to this blog.  Please feel free to share your thoughts with Robert about our EBS techstack-related documentation.

Robert Farrington joined Oracle in 1995. Initially working in Support, he covered the Oracle Database on UNIX and Windows, and assisted with development of several Oracle Database Server internals courses.

Moving to the Applications Technology Group in Oracle E-Business Suite Development, Robert edits My Oracle Support knowledge documents and contributes to some of the EBS books. From time to time he writes and presents papers at conferences and user group meetings.

Thursday Sep 02, 2010

Introducing John Abraham, Guest Author

I'm very pleased to welcome John Abraham to this blog's panel of guest authors.  John is part of the same team led by Terri Noyes, who joined this blog's panel earlier this year.  With John's participation, we are able to potentially double our coverage of server operating system topics.

John joined Oracle in 2003 and worked as an engineer before moving into a Product Management role in the E-Business Suite Platform Engineering group.  John leads the team responsible for the strategic direction of EBS as it relates to operating systems and hardware architectures, and works to identify solutions that will add value to Oracle, partners, and customers.

Prior to Oracle he worked in various engineering roles such as leading a Developer Support group at a realtime graphical  software company (SL Corp), as a systems engineer developing electrical grid control software for a large engineering company (Asea Brown Boveri/ABB), and as a UI developer for a CRM company (Kana Software).

John has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus on Control Systems and Computer Modeling of complex electro-mechanical systems. In his spare time he is known to play tennis, kick a soccer ball on occasion, loves travel and follows international soccer intently.

He can be reached at: 

Tuesday Jun 29, 2010

Introducing Nirzari Raichura, Guest Author

I'm pleased to welcome Nirzari Raichura as a new contributor to this blog.  Nirzari is a key member of our team that certifies new technology stack components with the E-Business Suite, and she has a whole series of conceptual primers lined up for you.  Here's a short bio:

Nirzari possesses more than 13 years experience in the IT industry.  Throughout her career in IT, she has had extensive exposure to Oracle technologies (Middleware, Applications and Database).

Nirzari has been with Oracle since October 2003. She is a Principal Engineer - Database Administration in Oracle Applications Technology Group, at Oracle Hyderabad.

Being member of Techstack Certification team, she is involved in technology product certifications for Oracle Applications. She spends the majority of her time in understanding new technology products, defining and setting up advanced configurations for certification, and testing and releasing technology integration notes for Oracle Applications. She has worked on a variety of technology certifications from browsers, middleware, and databases for Oracle Applications.

Prior to joining Oracle, she has held positions with Phoenix IT Solutions, Applitech Solution and Birla Cellulosic.  She was a Lead Database Architect cum DBA in Phoenix IT Solutions and was responsible for successful end-to-end Implementation of various products built using Oracle technologies.

Nirzari likes challenges and loves to face them. She has passion of photography, music and traveling. If not working, you can find her busy taking pictures, mostly of her daughter or nature.

Tuesday Mar 09, 2010

Introducing Bill Sawyer, Guest Author

I'm pleased to welcome Bill Sawyer to our ever-growing panel of guest bloggers.  Bill Sawyer is a Senior Manager in the Applications Technology Group for the E-Business Suite. Specifically, Bill's team covers the curriculum that supports E-Business Suite tools and technologies. Curriculum products cover three main areas: training courses available from Oracle University  (under the category of E-Business Suite Technology), prepackaged content developed for Oracle's User Productivity Kit, and training materials publicly available through Oracle's documentation and other related materials.

Bill has been with Oracle since 1995, and has held positions in Oracle Support, Oracle University, and E-Business Suite development. Bill is passionate about training and performance improvement. Bill is nearly finished (all but dissertation) with his Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Training and Performance Improvement.

Prior to joining Oracle, Bill was involved in Strategic Planning for Philip Crosby Associates, a quality management training and consulting company. In his last role there, Bill was the Strategic Adviser to the President. Bill has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of workplace training and performance, including extensive international experience.

Bill is always willing to discuss ideas and suggestions for how we can improve learning on Oracle's products.

Bill currently lives in Orlando, FL, just a few minutes from Walt Disney World. While that is certainly a magical place, there are days where it pales in comparison to the excitement of working at a technology leader like Oracle.

You can email Bill directly at:


Saturday Mar 06, 2010

Introducing Sharath Vishwanath, Guest Author

I'm pleased to welcome Sharath Viswanath to this blog's panel of guest authors.  Sharath Vishwanath is a Manager in Oracle E-Business Suite's Quality and Release Management team.  This team owns the release process for the E-Business Suite.

Sharath started his career with Oracle India, Hyderabad in 2002. He is responsible for Release management for several products groups including Applications Release (AppsRE), Application Technology (ATG) and R12 EBS-Diagnostics (IZU).  He is primarily responsible for packaging, install testing, certifying and releasing various releases of E-Business Suite like 12.0.0 to 12.0.6, 12.1.1 to 12.1.2, ATG RUPs in 11i and R12, and IZU RUPs in R12. He is responsible for shipping the E-Business Suite Rapid Install, performing the Upgrade test, and install testing all supported NLS languages. He has executed successful upgrades of E-Business Suite customer instances to 12.1.1.

Sharath has been in the IT industry for more than seven years and holds a Masters in Computer Application (MCA) degree.

Friday Feb 26, 2010

Introducing Terri Noyes, Guest Author

I am very pleased to welcome Terri Noyes to this blog's panel of guest authors.  Terri leads the Oracle E-Business Suite Platforms Engineering team, which handles EBS porting and related documentation, and database and technology certifications on non-base operating systems and hardware architectures.  Regular readers know that a significant number of certifications announced here are performed by our E-Business Suite Platforms Engineering team, so we're very lucky that she's going to be a regular contributor here.

Terri Noyes is the Senior Director of E-Business Suite Platform Engineering and Product Management in the Applications Development Organization.  She joined Oracle in 1991, after software engineering positions at MIT Lincoln Laboratories and General Electric.  She has a BS in Computer Science and a second degree in Mathematics from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an MS in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from RPI.  After a 10-year stint at Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, California, Terri relocated to the Boston Area to be closer to her native state of Maine.  Her team is spread over the US, India, China and the Philippines.

A lot of people ask Terri why she has been at Oracle so long, and her answer is "It's a very exciting place, and always changing... I've loved Oracle since the minute I walked in the door."

Sunday Jan 10, 2010

Mini-Review: Oracle E-Business Suite Development & Extensibility Handbook

Cover of Oracle E-Business Suite Development and Extensibility Handbook
I tend to read technical books, so I was pleased to be given the opportunity to review a book co-authored by an old colleague: 

Despite the personal relationship, I will try to not let this cloud my opinion of this book.

This Oracle Press book sets out to provide a single resource to cover all aspects of developing in an EBiz environment.   It is aimed at developers or professionals who are either starting out with eBiz, or have some Apps knowledge but may not have experience of all the technologies discussed.

The first four chapters are a brief introduction to eBusiness Suite itself and some key concepts that developers would need to understand, such as Multi-Org, Flexfields, Auditing and Logging.

The following chapters takes a topic at a time and gives a brief introduction into what the technology provides and a brief overview of how it works and what it does.   The meat of each chapter is a detailed step-by-step guide on how to create a simple "Hello World" type of customization in a Release 12.0 VISION environment, interspersed with handy hints of any "gotchas" you may come across.  Finally there are some best practises and general comments for the topic, such as coding standards or implementation tips.  

The chapters cover:

  •  Concurrent Programs
  •  Forms
  •  Reports
  •  BI Publisher
  •  OAF
  •  CLAF
  •  Workflow
  •  XML Gateway
  •   Moving AOL Objects between instances
  •  SOA
  •  SQL performance

Although I did not try out the step-by-step examples myself, I did read them through and they made sense to me.  In the main, I found the writing style to be straightforward and easy to read.  The authors do not assume prior knowledge and soon get you into the interesting part of the chapter, so there is not too much preamble.   Concepts are explained concisely with examples where needed, so a newbie will be able to grasp the knowledge that is being imparted

I was a little disappointed in the Workflow chapter, in that the chapter introduction seemed a bit confusing, but the examples were quite interesting.  I also thought the SOA chapter was very short.  It would also have been nice if the code used in the book was available online.

My personal highlights of the book were the OAF chapter, which was the longest chapter and covered a multitude of useful areas, and the CLAF chapter, which was very illuminating even for me, as this topic is a poorly documented area.

The main drawback is also the main advantage of this book, in that they do try and cover everything in one place.   The authors themselves acknowledge that some of the topics covered deserve a book in their own right (and many of them do have such books available).  

Overall, if you are looking for a simple overview of the main development techniques with eBusiness Suite, then this book would certainly be worth investing in.  Although the topics are covered fairly briefly, I believe there is enough discussed in each chapter to allow the basics to be picked up and give a good grounding for further detailed reading into the topic

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Monday Aug 10, 2009

The Smell of New Paint and Sawdust

Ordinarily I wouldn't bother discussing this kind of thing here, but some important changes to this blog happened last weekend.  Our blogging engine was upgraded (champagne, confetti!), which has resulted in a couple of changes.

The new version uses case-sensitive URLs.  In theory, any links pointing to "" should automatically redirect to "".  However, if you have any problems with links to previously-published articles disappearing, please let me know.

One other change: in testing the new version of Movable Type, I noticed that clicking on tags in the old tag cloud generated an article list that was limited to 20 entries.  This is obviously wrong and misleading behaviour -- this blog has hundreds of articles.  As a result, I've removed the tag cloud entirely and replaced its functionality with two new article index pages:

Let me know if you stumble across any other post-upgrade issues with this blog.  And now, back to our regular programming...

Monday Jun 08, 2009

Introducing Rekha Ayothi, Guest Author

The E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) provides the technology framework to develop, manage and integrate E-Business Suite Applications. ATG has had a number of big announcements lately.  They've just released their latest upgrade to the Application Management Pack, which was simultaneously released with a brand-new product, the Application Change Management Pack.  This is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg; there's more ATG-related news coming.

Keeping up with the latest news from the Applications Technology Group is a challenge, so I'm pleased to welcome Rekha Ayothi to our blogging team.  Rekha's addition to our panel of guest authors will help deepen and broaden the coverage for integration-related products from the Applications Technology Group. 

Rekha Ayothi is a Product Manager in Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group. Rekha has been with Oracle as part of ATG Product Management team since 2007. She is responsible for product management of integration related products - XML Gateway, E-Commerce Gateway, Integrated SOA Gateway and more recently, Web ADI. She holds Master in Computer Applications degree and is a Gold Medalist in B.Sc.

She works in Oracle India, Hyderabad. She has recently been to Kashmir (India) and is ever since, in love with its natural scenery.

Monday Apr 06, 2009

Introducing Ramya Damodaran, Guest Author

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Tuesday Jan 06, 2009

How Can We Improve EBS Techstack Support?

Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.

~ Garrison Keillor

The New Year is a good time for reflection.  In that spirit, I'm going to try something different here.  One of our regular readers recently made a pointed remark about his clients' general desires to avoid reaching out to Oracle Support unless absolutely necessary.  This isn't the first time I've heard this sentiment but it crystallized my thoughts on something I've been meaning to discuss here for a while.

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Wednesday Dec 31, 2008

Top 2008 Techstack Articles for EBS 12 (Part 3)

This is the third of three Year in Review articles:  this one summarizes topics of interest specifically to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 sysadmins.

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Top 2008 Techstack Articles for EBS 11i (Part 2)

This is the second of three Year in Review articles:  this one summarizes topics of interest specifically for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i sysadmins.

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Top 2008 Techstack Articles for EBS 11i and 12 (Part 1)

Happy New Year!

It's been a busy year for us in the E-Business Suite techstack area, and for this blog, too.  I'm very proud of our editorial team, which has grown to a dozen experts in their respective fields.  We've published over 160 articles this year, and we've fielded hundreds of your questions and comments (and even more of your private emails to us). 

Thanks for your support.  All of us, myself included, have to squeeze in time on top of our regular jobs to contribute to this blog.  If you find it useful, drop us a line or post a comment to help keep us motivated. 

2008 In Review

I'd originally planned to publish a single article rounding up the most important articles of the year.  So much for that plan.  This is the first of three Year in Review articles covering topics of interest to both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 sysadmins alike.

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Thursday Dec 11, 2008

Introducing Srinivas Chaganti, Guest Author

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Friday Nov 21, 2008

Introducing Ada Constanzo-Muller, Guest Author

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Wednesday Nov 12, 2008

Introducing Noby Joseph, Guest Author

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Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

Mini-Review: The Release 12 Primer


I've had a pile of unread books sitting on my desk for an embarrassingly long period of time.  Here's the first of several long-outstanding mini-reviews for those of you looking for books about the E-Business Suite.

In collaboration with the Oracle Applications User Group, Solution Beacon has self-published a useful book entitled, "The Release 12 Primer." This large format 236-page book ambitiously covers new product functionality as well as new technology stack features in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. 

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Tuesday Aug 12, 2008

Introducing Max Arderius, Guest Author

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Monday Aug 11, 2008

Reader Survey: Any Mobile Blog Readers Out There?

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Tuesday Jul 01, 2008

A Peek Backstage

Our blogging hiatus is over and we’re back online. I’m delighted that Oracle’s cutover to our shiny new blogging system went smoothly. Kudos to our Oracle Asia R&D for all of their efforts in getting everything over the Rubicon, including your valuable comments and questions. imageFor those interested in these kind of things, we’re now running on Six Apart’s Movable Type Enterprise 1.5  running on top of Oracle’s own Content DB.  Very cool stuff.  Things will get even more interesting later this year when we upgrade to Movable Type Enterprise 4.

Some Housekeeping, Alas

Google tells me that there are many thousands of inbound links into this blog. My blogging team and I are deeply flattered. Sally Fields’ now-immortal Oscar acceptance speech springs to mind.[Read More]

Thursday Jun 19, 2008

Honey, I Shrunk the Blog

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